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Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Training Course in Leeds

Delivered by experienced, engaging local tutors, our SMSTS training is the ideal safety course for Leeds construction managers.
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Course details

The Site management safety training scheme (SMSTS) is a five-day course designed for site managers, or aspiring site managers. It is designed for those with responsibility for managing, monitoring, implementing and reporting in a construction environment.

The course covers relevant health, safety and environmental legislation affecting safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of the necessary control measures, and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture among the workforce.

The SMSTS course is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all construction managers.

Course dates

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The course aims to help site managers to:

  • Manage and implement health, safety and environmental aspects on site, in accordance with current legal provisions and within the context of their management role.
  • Implement new guidance and industry best practice.
  • Develop an understanding of responsibility and accountability for site health, safety, welfare and the environment.
  • Recognise that a safe site is efficient, economical, productive and environmentally friendly.
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however, delegates should hold, or be about to hold, the role of a site manager. Previous health and safety knowledge is recommended. Those without previous health and safety management experience are recommended to sit the two-day SSSTS course. Delegates must be competent in written and spoken English necessary for operating efficiently at site management level.


Successful completion of the course requires the delegate to pass an exam paper at the end of the course.


The paper consists of 25 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course. The exam must be taken at the end of the course.

Each exam paper has:

  • 18 multiple choice questions (each worth one mark)
  • 7 questions in multi-response or short written answer format (each worth two marks)The two mark questions all relate to the seven health and safety focus areas. The higher marks recognise and reward the increased complexity of the question and response required.

The seven health and safety focus areas are founded on construction ill health, injury and fatality statistics:

  • Working at height
  • Vehicles/pedestrians
  • Manual handling
  • Asbestos
  • Dust
  • Noise
  • Vibration.

The exam pass mark is 81% (26 out of 32).The exam lasts for 35 minutes and must be completed within this time under exam conditions. Delegates are permitted to use the Construction site safety – The comprehensive guide (GE700) publication and the Construction site management delegate workbook (XA6) for the last 15 minutes of the exam.

The exam paper forms part of the overall assessment as to whether the delegate has successfully achieved the Site Management Safety Training Scheme and demonstrated both knowledge of the relevant statutory provisions as well as the application of management in respect of health and safety issues.

Learning outcomes

Delegates taking the SMSTS course should be able to achieve all the learning outcomes listed below by the end of the course.

Module 1 – Legal and management

1. Health and safety law
Describe the purpose of health, safety and environment legislation and the different legislative requirements that must be followed.

2. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act
Describe the legal duties of the employer, self-employed and, to a lesser extent, employee, to promote health and safety awareness and effective standards of safety management by every employer.

3. Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations
Describe the CDM Regulations that cover the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects. Identify what they are about, what they require, what needs to be done and by whom.

4. Health and safety management systems
Describe the key principles of a health and safety management system, what it should contain and how it should be used.

5. Risk assessments and method statements
Describe the importance of risk assessments in ensuring a reduction in workplace accidents.

6. Induction and training
Describe the legal requirements for the provision of information and ensure it is tailored for the audience, understood by the audience and specific to the site.

7. Effective communication
Describe the importance of good communication on site with all employees, particularly during site induction, and ensuring critical information is conveyed.

8. Leadership and worker engagement
Describe the principles of leadership and worker engagement to influence good working practices on site.

9. Inspection and audit
Describe the importance of accurately measuring, monitoring and reporting on health and safety within the workplace.

10. Statutory forms, notices and registers
Identify the statutory and non-statutory forms, notices, signs and registers used in the building and construction industry and the keeping of records and other details.

11. Accident prevention, control, reporting and investigation
Describe why accidents happen, the human factors, trends, causes, impacts and preventative measures required, including reporting and follow through.

Module 2 – Health and welfare

1. Management of health
Describe the importance of sustaining good health in the workforce and how to plan and maintain suitable practices to prevent the high costs that work-related ill health causes.

2. Welfare facilities
Describe the importance of providing suitable welfare facilities and ensuring they comply with the CDM Regulations.

3. Stress and mental health at work
Describe the importance of a positive approach to managing mental health issues and reducing the costs to industry.

4. Drugs and alcohol
Identify, manage and support individuals affected by drugs and alcohol and understand the legal framework that regulates it.

5. Control of substances hazardous to health
Describe the importance of protecting the workforce from exposure to hazardous substances.

6. Lead
Describe the implications of lead in buildings, its effect, management and control.

7. Asbestos
Describe the risks asbestos poses to health, and the legal requirements required to manage that risk.

8. Dust and fumes
Describe the risks posed by inhalation of airborne particles, the control measures used and how to protect the workforce, the public and the environment.

9. Noise
Describe the risks that excess noise can place on the employee and the surrounding area, and how to mitigate and manage that risk.

10. Vibration
Describe the harmful effects of excessive vibration and how these may be mitigated.

11. Manual handling
Describe how to reduce the risk of injury within the workforce, taking into account the task, environment and control measures.

Module 3 – General safety 1. Site organisation

Describe the requirements to be considered when setting out a construction site.

2. Fire prevention and control, and dangerous substances
Define correct fire planning and dangerous substance control, including safe handling and storage. Ensure procedures are in place to manage hazards and risks.

3. Electrical safety
Describe the dangers of working on or near to live electrical circuits. Ensure good working practices are in place.

4. Temporary works
Describe the requirement to manage temporary works and ensure they are planned, maintained and removed appropriately.

5. Work equipment and hand-held tools
Describe the importance of control and management of work equipment on site. Ensure effective planning, risk assessment, training and maintenance are undertaken.

6. Mobile work equipment
Describe the effective planning and control of mobile work equipment. Describe the legal obligations of working with mobile work equipment on site.

7. Lifting operations and equipment
Describe the legal requirements for lifting operations, equipment and accessories and the steps required to ensure risks are mitigated, planning is undertaken (including selection of equipment) and the correct training and maintenance obligations are met safely and efficiently.

8. Mobile workforce and driver safety
Describe the legal framework and guidance that supports the management of health and safety for mobile, lone and out of hours workers, and the potential risks and how to control them.

Module 4 – High risk activities

1. Work at Height Regulations

Describe the risks surrounding working at height and the plans that must be in place to ensure safety.

2. Working at height
Describe the risks that exist from working at height, such as working platforms, scaffolds, ladders, flat and pitched roofs and anywhere near fragile materials, openings, holes and roof edges.

3. Common access equipment
Describe the health and safety requirements when selecting and using common forms of access equipment.

4. Scaffolding
Describe the key safety issues that relate to the use of scaffolds, how to manage scaffolding operations and how to assess suitability of erected scaffolds.

5. Fall arrest and suspension equipment
Describe the importance of fall arrest and suspension equipment.

6. Excavations
Describe the importance of planning excavations and a safe working practice considering all the elements of the excavation.

7. Underground and overhead services
Describe the risk factors of working with underground and overhead services, including how to plan the work and manage risk.

8. Confined spaces
Describe what a confined space is, how to risk assess it and how to work safely.

Training venues
For smaller groups, training sessions are held at our head office in Huddersfield – just a short drive from Leeds. However, if you have a larger group, we’re happy to provide SMSTS training in Leeds, on site. To find out more, simply contact our team.
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Why choose our SMSTS course?
Leeds construction businesses can’t afford to take risks when it comes to safety. Majestic Site Management makes sure your management staff have the requisite skills and knowledge to keep everything running smoothly…
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We’ve been helping local businesses like yours for over three decades, giving us a wealth of experience to draw upon.
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With CIOB Chartership and Elite CHAS Accreditation, we’re a local training provider that’s backed by industry leaders.
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To make sure your SMSTS training is completely up to date, we’re always on top of the latest regulations and legislation.
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Whether it’s delivering the SMSTS course on site in Leeds or linking content to your business, we’ll tailor training to your staff.
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  • "The training course delivered by Majestic Site Management was brilliant! I learnt so much in a short space of time and the course tutor made it so easy to understand and relate to my industry. A really informative and thorough course."
    Richard Austin
  • "I had a great experience with Majestic Site Management whilst studying for the Site Supervisation Safety Training Scheme. Every element of the course from booking, delivery of the training through to the final examination was to a high standard and well organised."
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  • "I studied the Health & Safety Awareness Course via classroom learning, and it was a fantastic experience. I would recommend the classroom learning option, as the course tutor is fantastic and being able to ask questions face-to-face meant that the course content was easier to relate to and understand."
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  • "The trainer was brilliant, she ensured all our questions had been answered. The session went into detail without being too intimidating. I liked the workshop style, the group was involved and parts of the course took a discussion format. The course is extremely well delivered."
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Based near Leeds, our expert trainers are what set Majestic Site Management apart from the rest.
As industry experts, they have a wealth of experience and specialist accreditations. That’s paired with an enthusiastic approach, tailoring SMSTS training to your Leeds team.

Expect relatable examples that engage your staff, making knowledge and skills easier to take on board and put into practice.

SMSTS Course Leeds FAQs

How long does the SMSTS course take?

SMSTS training takes 37.5 hours, spread across five full days. We recommend completing the course on consecutive days, though it can be spread out over a maximum of five weeks if needed.
What’s covered on the course?

SMSTS training in Leeds covers the latest legislation for health, safety and the environment for construction and civil engineering. That includes risk assessment, control measures and workforce communication. It’s ideal for site managers or employees preparing for that role, showing them how to manage and implement safety measures and best practices.

Can you deliver training in Leeds?

We can provide on-site SMSTS training in Leeds for larger groups, where we come to your premises to deliver the course. Alternatively, our Huddersfield head office is just a stone’s throw from Leeds for smaller groups.

Is SMSTS training available online?

To achieve a high first-time pass rate, we only deliver the SMSTS course in person. Doing so allows us to maximise engagement and tailor training to your staff, whether it’s at our head office in Huddersfield or on your premises in Leeds.

How is the SMSTS course assessed?

SMSTS training is firstly assessed through four core exercises along with a trainer review of your performance and engagement. That’s followed by a 35-minute examination, comprising 18 multiple choice questions and 7 with written or multi-response answers.

You’ll need to pass the four core exercises and trainer review as well as achieving 80% or more on the examination. You can resit the exam once if you score between 72-80%, as long as you pass all other elements.

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